One-Pot Tomato, Basil, + Chicken Pasta

by Amy on 20 August 2013

One-Pot Tomato, Basil + Chicken PastaOne-Pot Tomato, Basil + Chicken PastaY’all know I love pasta, + I especially love a pasta dish that’s as quick + easy to make as it is delicious. I’d been seeing a One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta coming across pinterest + facebook a lot recently, + I decided to give it a try with a few changes of my own. In this recipe, rather than boil the pasta separately like you do with most pasta dishes, you cook it in the pot with the broth, tomatoes, + herbs. The benefit of cooking it this way is two-fold. First, it imparts a ton of flavor into the pasta, as it gets to absorb all sorts of awesomeness. And second, it saves time, as you only have one pot to clean up at the end!

So, how was it? Really flippin’ delicious! Between the seasoned diced tomatoes, the italian seasoning, + the fresh basil, it has a bright, delicious herb flavor. As the pasta cooks in the broth, the starch releases out, creating a creamy, rich tomato sauce. While the original recipe is vegetarian, I added chicken to mine, + am so glad I did. The chicken adds a whole ‘nother level of flavor, plus packs an awesome protein punch. The end result is a super simple, yet truly scrumptious pasta dish. And since it’s all cooked in one pot (and takes less than 20 minutes total), it’s perfect for a quick, easy-to-clean-up weeknight meal. Give this one a try, friends – I think you’ll love it!

One-Pot Tomato, Basil, + Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Tomato, Basil + Chicken Pasta

serves 6-8, adapted from Martha Stewart Living


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, separated
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces pasta (I used bowties, but any short pasta works nicely)
1 can (15 ounces) Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic + Oregano (or a comparable brand of Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes)
1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
3 cups shredded cooked chicken (omit to make a vegetarian dish)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or 1/4 teaspoon if you want a less-spicy dish)
2 teaspoons dried italian seasoning
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (substitute vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Parmesan cheese, for serving


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped onions + cook until onions are translucent + softened, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic + cook for 1 minute more, until fragrant.

Add the remaining ingredients to the stock pot – the pasta, diced tomatoes with their liquid, crushed tomatoes, shredded chicken, red pepper flakes, italian seasoning, fresh basil, chicken broth, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt + pepper. Stir everything together until well combined.

Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer + cook for 10-15 minutes (depending on the type of pasta you choose), stirring frequently. Cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated + pasta has reached an al dente consistency. Add more salt + pepper if needed + stir well. Serve with a generous topping of freshly grated Parmesan cheese + enjoy!

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51 amy December 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

So glad you love it, Alison! It’s one of my faves, too. =)

52 Jill March 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

This is on the menu for tonight, can’t wait to try! I am also going to prep an extra batch as a freezer meal to throw in the pot on a busy night.

53 amy March 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

Awesome, Jill! Do report back how it is – I hope you love it!

54 Omar April 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

The pasta gets added raw and gets cooked during the process, right?

55 amy April 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Correct, Omar!

56 adaROMA April 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I’m sorry this is not (and will never be) the way we cook pasta in italy!

57 amy April 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Nor did I say it was, adaROMA. Thanks for visiting, though!

58 Becca from It's Yummi! April 25, 2014 at 9:30 am

One pot meals, for the win! This looks AMAZING!

59 Bryan Barrera May 9, 2014 at 3:01 am

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I stumbledupon it πŸ˜‰ I may return yet again since i have book-marked it.
thanks man.

60 Sharon May 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

I have yet to try this but it is on my to-do list! It looks yummy and how can you beat a one pot meal when you are too tired to think! Your photography is awesome!!

61 amy May 15, 2014 at 7:29 am

I hope you love it when you try it, Sharon! And thank you for your kind words about my pictures – that totally made my day. =)

62 Nick June 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

One pot! Oh yeah, that fits my comfort zone. The only way this could get better would be to put it in a crock pot. I’ve never tried these types of pasta noodles in a crock pot before. Do you think this would work?

Thanks for the share, trying this tonight.

63 amy June 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Hi Nick! I rarely do anything pasta-related in the crock-pot, because it’s easy for the noodles to get overcooked/soggy. I love crock-pot cooking, too, so I might have to try to adapt this to make a crock-pot version. My first thought would be to combine all ingredients in your crock-pot (the onions and garlic will be uncooked in this case, unless you saute them on the stovetop first), cover, and cook on HIGH for probably 30-1 hour minutes, then continue on HIGH uncovered for maybe 15 minutes (to thicken up the sauce)? I’ll have to test it out to see how long it takes, but that’s my first guess!

64 Phillip || June 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Looks delicious!

65 GT June 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Very nice. Next time let your readers know that shrimp, rather than chicken, takes this dish to a higher level. Just add a little shrimp flavoring like Zatarains for heat. Add rice instead of noodles and you have a jambalaya (sans the parmesan.)

I am a long proponent of one pot dishes.

66 amy June 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Awesome suggestion, GT – I will definitely be trying that!

67 Michael Leng September 25, 2014 at 1:37 am

Wow! It looks very yummy! Feel starve right away!

Thanks for this nice article.

68 Jane November 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

Looks delicious,can’t wait to try!

69 Sharon / savormania December 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I love recipes that can be made so easily! Saving this one for this week :)

70 amy December 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Hope you love it when you try it, Sharon!

71 Mariella January 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

This looks delicious! Cant wait to try it.

yay for finding unconventional ways of cooking traditioonal meals!

72 amy January 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Hope you love it when you try it, Mariella! And also, yay for finding ways to cook things that only involve cleaning one pot instead of two. πŸ˜‰

73 lyndsey March 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

I’ve made this about four times now, and every time it ends up a bit mooshy because I have to cook it way longer to get the liquid out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still delicious as a mushy stew, but nothing pretty and presentable I’d make for company… any advice?

74 amy March 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Hi Lyndsey, It sounds like your pasta type/brand doesn’t need as much liquid/time to reach the al dente stage, so you’re winding up with too much liquid AND too much cooking time. Next time you make it, try reducing the liquid — let’s say, to 1.5 or 1.75 cups of broth instead of the 2.5. And then check it after 10 minutes of covered simmering, and see if it’s ready, or if it needs more time. I bet that will do the trick! If, it looks like it needs a bit more liquid, add in 1/4 cup more broth at a time. It’s all about finding the right balance of pasta to liquid to cooking time. Let me know if that helps!

75 Jaysen March 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

I love this recipe. I made it the other night. It was the easiest recipe i’ve made in a very long time and it turned out amazing. I even brought some in to share and everyone wants the recipe. Thank YOU !!

76 amy March 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Thank you so much for sharing, Jaysen! I’m thrilled it was such a success, and I so appreciate you popping in to tell me. Cheers!

77 Lyndsey May 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Totally worked with less broth! Thanks!

78 Amy May 25, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Yay, I’m thrilled to hear it, Lyndsey!

79 Jackson Walsh @ Culturated June 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm

I love how easy it is to share recipes nowadays! Pasta is so simple to make and can make for a variety of healthy, timely, and delicious meals such as this one. It’s a unique ensemble of ingredients too. -Jackson

80 plasterers bristol July 3, 2015 at 12:45 am

This sounds lovely. Going to give this a go. thanks for sharing this recipe.


81 Aijika July 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm

You awake my appetite πŸ˜€ very interesting post.Thanks for this sharing post. By just looking at the photos above, I’m sure that it taste great. I love chicken and i’m surely gonna try this one. Thanks for sharing your tomato basil chicken pasta. I Actually a traveler that ALWAYS attracted in food.. LMAO anyway You got my attention. seriously its look delicious I love it , and i also a food explorer. that’s why another reason why i go travel :) .and i taught i will never know this recipe i will tell it to my wife that she will cook pot tomato basila chicken pasta. I hope more Food post on this blog πŸ˜‰ just kidding i’ll keep in touch just keep it great..

82 LG July 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Very tasty! I think next time I will add more chicken though.

83 Amy July 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Glad you liked it! Definitely add more chicken next time if that will make it even better for you. =)

84 Nemke January 4, 2016 at 7:35 am

Nice and simple. And only one pot to wash afterwards. : )

85 Steph February 9, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Did not enjoy this sorry. The pasta had such a wrong texture to it. Served it al-dente and it quickly turned to starchy mush. I couldn’t even eat the leftovers.

86 Amy February 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Sorry to hear it, Steph. Hopefully you find another recipe on here that you like better!

87 Prairie Gal Cookin February 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm

This looks so good and your pictures are stunning.. Thanks for sharing!!

I just wanted to drop a note and invite you to come join us at Sunday’s Simple Homemaker Link-Up. Would really love to have you link-up!

88 Diana May 13, 2016 at 9:11 am

I have always seen recipes like this, so skeptical – I think I have to try β™‘

89 Anika October 23, 2016 at 10:39 pm

Thanks for the awesome recipe! I am putting it on the menu for tomorrow evening:)

90 Sourav Adhikari November 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

Thanks for sharing

91 Elisabeth H. Weeks September 12, 2017 at 1:20 am

Nice recipe!! It looks yummy! Do you use ceramic cookware sets or traditional cookware ?

92 Taylors Market April 3, 2018 at 1:14 pm

I love chicken pasta. I can literally eat it every night. I usually change up the marinara sauce every night. Be always fresh tomatoes and all natural stuff.

93 Ben May 18, 2018 at 3:30 am

That looks really delicious !

94 Rue June 13, 2022 at 7:44 pm

This was one of the first recipes that I ever cooked by myself when I was in high school and it helped me gain confidence in cooking!! I recently found this in a document I made in 2013 and got nostalgic and made it again. Delicious and easy, perfect for me at 16 and me at 25 :)

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